Trinity College Dublin
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About the Program
On this study abroad program, Tulane students directly enroll at Trinity College, the single constituent college of the University of Dublin, which was founded by Queen Elizabeth I in 1592, and thus celebrated its Quatercentenary in 1992. It is the oldest university in Ireland and one of the older universities of Western Europe. Tulane students take courses alongside full-time Trinity degree-seekers, taught by Trinity College Dublin faculty.
Based on the general pattern of the ancient colleges at Oxford and Cambridge, Trinity is larger, with a campus extending over 40 acres in a unique site in the heart of the city. The west end includes five quadrangles of squares with many buildings from the 18th century, notably the Old Library - home to the priceless 8th century manuscript, The Book of Kells. The most recent of these squares was completed however as recently as 1978, with the award winning Arts and Social Science Building in which many visiting students attend lectures and classes. Further east, the Hamilton and O'Reilly buildings, Biotechnology Building, Panoz Institute and the Smurfit Institute of Genetics, house many of Trinity's science, pharmacology and technology departments. Close by, the College Park with its sports fields, remains one of the largest green spaces in the city.
One of Ireland's major tourist attractions, College is also an intimate part of the city at whose heart it stands, crossed by hundreds of Dubliners who use it as a daily thoroughfare. In more important senses too, Trinity is central to Irish life. Many of the famous people of Irish letters and history were educated at Trinity - writers such as Swift, Goldsmith, Wilde and Beckett, and Ireland's first President Douglas Hyde as well as the former President of Ireland, Mary Robinson. No stranger to controversy, Trinity has often provided an independent and liberal voice in the affairs of the state.
The vigor of a university may be judged by its commitment to research. In the early twenty-first century, this often takes the form of partnership with major international companies or of inter-institutional co-operation within the framework of programs of the European community, and in both Trinity is in a leading position in Ireland. In other fields, the Library is the heart of research activity, and here Trinity is particularly fortunate. With a bookstock of approximately 4.25 million volumes, the College Library is one of the largest in Europe. Along with the British Library in London and the university libraries at Oxford and Cambridge, it enjoys the privilege of receiving all Irish and U.K. copyright material.
Trinity prides itself also on its tradition of personal contact between staff and students, encouraged by its collegiate atmosphere. Its seventeen thousand staff and students form a compact academic community, with several hundred students and a number of staff living on campus. College provides a complete daytime environment, with a range of facilities - dining hall, cafeterias and bars - and a varied social life sustained by a host of student societies and sports clubs.
Dublin, the cultural center of Ireland, is currently home to almost two million people. The city provides the vibrant atmosphere, energetic music scene and lively theatre of larger cities such as London, but at a much smaller, more manageable size. The city’s literary history makes an appearance at almost every turn, having once been home to such greats as Oscar Wilde, George Bernard Shaw, James Joyce and Samuel Beckett. Whether you’re interested in history, the arts, literature or the outdoors, Dublin has something for you. The National Museum of Ireland has three different museums which demonstrate the culture and history of the country. And the city is only a 20 minute journey from the coastal towns and villages which dot the rugged coastline.
- 3.3 CGPA
- Completion of 3-4 courses within the chosen field or department of study
Students directly enroll at Trinity College Dublin and generally take their courses, as Irish students do, from within the school or department to which they are admitted. Tulane students are able to select course from a wide array of offerings.
Many of the classes at TCD boast a high faculty-to-student ratio, which will assist you in transitioning to the academic culture of Irish higher education. In general, TCD students are expected to be independent learners, focusing on self-directed study and learning, with fewer exams, quizzes and papers to measure your progress throughout the semester. TCD students often form study groups to supplement in-class lectures and reading lists. In order to assist visiting students who may be unfamiliar with this style of learning, the Student Learning Development Office is available to advise visiting international students with the transition to Irish academic culture. The office publishes a very helpful academic guide, How to Study at Trinity, which is geared explicitly to students from abroad.
Fields of Study
Anthropology, Art History, Biological Chemistry, Biological Sciences, Cell and Molecular Biology, Chemistry, Communication, Computer Science, Economics, Engineering Science*, English, Film Studies, History, International Development, International Relations, Linguistics, Music, Philosophy, Physics, Political Economy, Political Science, Psychology, Sociology
*Engineering courses are only available for full-year students.
Tulane students will be directly enrolled at Trinity College Dublin and have access to TCD’s wide range of student services and social activities, such as the Student Development Center and the TCD Global Room. In addition, you will take courses right alongside degree-seeking students in order to fully immerse yourself in Irish culture.
The International Office at TCD has a number of programs in place in order to jump start your study abroad experience, including the Global Room, which is a social and event space with an international focus, staffed by student ambassadors who can help you navigate Trinity, Dublin and beyond. The office also organizes peer mentoring sessions. This programming is available on top of access to the many clubs and societies that are run by and for TCD students. Many of these clubs and societies are run through the Trinity College Student Union.
Keep in mind that Dublin is a major international city with a population of over 1.2 million people. The city will likely feel more urban than New Orleans, and while the campus is contained in a similar fashion as the Tulane campus, the university is very much entrenched in the city.
Housing in Dublin is in high demand. Tulane students can apply for Trinity housing, but many have had to seek off-campus accommodation. Housing is generally reserved only for students who will be studying at Trinity for the full year. If you must find off-campus accommodation are able to apply to have Trinity provide up to 2 weeks of accommodation while students search for permanent housing.
There are a number of rooms available for overseas students both on campus and at Trinity Hall. If you would like to find out more information on Trinity College off campus accommodation please visit the Trinity Hall Section of the accommodation office website.
New students can only apply for housing after they have accepted their offer of a place on a course in Trinity College. Therefore, it is advised that Tulane students who plan to study at Trinity complete their secondary application materials as soon as possible.
Because housing at Trinity is not guaranteed, and students may need to identify and secure housing on their own, it is strongly recommended that you read the Accommodation section of the International Student Office webpage thoroughly prior to selecting to apply for the program.
Trinity International Student Office
Trinity College Dublin International Student Welcome Guide
Student Learning Development Office
How to Study at Trinity (Academic Guidance for International Students)
Trinity College Student Union
Contact Past Participants
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